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In 1967, at age nineteen, John Stillman—refusing to wait for the draft—voluntarily enlisted in the Army to aid his fellow countrymen in one of the most opposed involvements in our nation’s history: the Vietnam War. Quickly falling in love with the rush of being a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, he believed his service would honorably help the South Vietnamese protect In 1967, at age nineteen, John Stillman—refusing to wait for the draft—voluntarily enlisted in the Army to aid his fellow countrymen in one of the most opposed involvements in our nation’s history: the Vietnam War. Quickly falling in love with the rush of being a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, he believed his service would honorably help the South Vietnamese protect their country from the ruthless communist North and their Southern allies. But once in the volatile jungles of Vietnam, the merciless hunting and killing of the enemy, constant threat of landmines and booby traps, ambushes that could easily backfire, and deaths of his comrades made Stillman question how any man—if he survived—could ever return to his life as he’d known it. Written with John’s daughter, Lori Stillman, Jumping from Helicopters is a vivid and moving memoir that unearths fifty years of repressed memories with stunning accuracy and raw details. Interwoven with the author’s own journal entries and including thirty-five photographs, it is a story that will open your eyes to what these brave young men witnessed and endured, and why they returned facing a lifetime of often unspoken unrest, persistent nightmares, and forced normalcy, haunting even the strongest of soldiers.


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In 1967, at age nineteen, John Stillman—refusing to wait for the draft—voluntarily enlisted in the Army to aid his fellow countrymen in one of the most opposed involvements in our nation’s history: the Vietnam War. Quickly falling in love with the rush of being a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, he believed his service would honorably help the South Vietnamese protect In 1967, at age nineteen, John Stillman—refusing to wait for the draft—voluntarily enlisted in the Army to aid his fellow countrymen in one of the most opposed involvements in our nation’s history: the Vietnam War. Quickly falling in love with the rush of being a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne, he believed his service would honorably help the South Vietnamese protect their country from the ruthless communist North and their Southern allies. But once in the volatile jungles of Vietnam, the merciless hunting and killing of the enemy, constant threat of landmines and booby traps, ambushes that could easily backfire, and deaths of his comrades made Stillman question how any man—if he survived—could ever return to his life as he’d known it. Written with John’s daughter, Lori Stillman, Jumping from Helicopters is a vivid and moving memoir that unearths fifty years of repressed memories with stunning accuracy and raw details. Interwoven with the author’s own journal entries and including thirty-five photographs, it is a story that will open your eyes to what these brave young men witnessed and endured, and why they returned facing a lifetime of often unspoken unrest, persistent nightmares, and forced normalcy, haunting even the strongest of soldiers.

30 review for Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer Anderson

    I could not put this book down as I was captivated by the story of John’s experience in Vietnam! I’m mind blown by all he went through! Great read!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    This is a book about Vietnam Nam it's about a unit in Vietnam Nam and while I read this a friend from here in Cherokee Ronnie Means was killed.,that was hard to read. My husband was over there came home and did not talk about it this book was written for that reason getting a story for helping to talk about it. This is a book about Vietnam Nam it's about a unit in Vietnam Nam and while I read this a friend from here in Cherokee Ronnie Means was killed.,that was hard to read. My husband was over there came home and did not talk about it this book was written for that reason getting a story for helping to talk about it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Wolak

    Growing up in the 60's I saw this war through the eyes of news reporters and have always had the interest to learn more about it from a person who had gone to war. I loved the book, it was a quick, easy read with not too much gore, but just enough for you to remember it's about a war. Growing up in the 60's I saw this war through the eyes of news reporters and have always had the interest to learn more about it from a person who had gone to war. I loved the book, it was a quick, easy read with not too much gore, but just enough for you to remember it's about a war.

  4. 4 out of 5

    vicki mojica

    Excellent book,knowing it was written by this man's daughter gave it a sense of emotion that tempered it. A most powerful read and I had read hundreds of books on this subject. I would recommend this book highly to anyone trying to understand and come to terms with what young servicemen went through during this period of history. GREAT BOOK! Excellent book,knowing it was written by this man's daughter gave it a sense of emotion that tempered it. A most powerful read and I had read hundreds of books on this subject. I would recommend this book highly to anyone trying to understand and come to terms with what young servicemen went through during this period of history. GREAT BOOK!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Frode

    Jumping from Helicopters is a memoir about a Screaming Eagle, a member of the 101st Airborne Infantry during the Vietnam War. John Stillman served with the 1st of 502nd Battalion, B Company. John recounted his time there to his daughter, Lori, who wrote the book. John obviously suffered from PTSD and stuffed it all inside. His finally opening up to his daughter was helpful to him as he was able to get some of his story out in the open, thereby causing a release of some of his inner struggles. Th Jumping from Helicopters is a memoir about a Screaming Eagle, a member of the 101st Airborne Infantry during the Vietnam War. John Stillman served with the 1st of 502nd Battalion, B Company. John recounted his time there to his daughter, Lori, who wrote the book. John obviously suffered from PTSD and stuffed it all inside. His finally opening up to his daughter was helpful to him as he was able to get some of his story out in the open, thereby causing a release of some of his inner struggles. The story mostly takes place in Vietnam although there are brief parts about his enlistment and training and then his eventual homecoming. At the end of the book are a number of pictures and what is titled, “A Conversation with John and Lori Stillman.” That part is worthy of reading and sheds some light on how the book was written and answers some questions about John’s thinking now about what went on while he was at war. It is revelatory. Be sure to read it after you finish the memoir itself. John was proud to serve and still thinks what he did was right and helpful. His tour of duty was a mixture of guarding bridges or Rome plows, setting up ambushes, sweeping villages, and humping through the jungle attempting to find the enemy and hopefully stay alive. He had some down time also, brief rest periods of a day or two here and there along with one leave of R&R to Manila. At the beginning of the book, there is a short statement about authenticity and the fact that the book tells it like it was, meaning some words might offend a few folks. I know that in our PC society today it is probably necessary for the publisher to include such information, but in a way it saddens me that it has to be mentioned at all. These guys were in the midst of it, tough, scared, brutalized, and proud. War is traumatizing. You don’t see friends killed or maimed, participate in killing others, and not develop attitudes to remain sane. The attitudes are reflected in speech and the treatment of others, friends and foes. There are mental scars also, and for many it takes a long time to heal if ever. We owe a great debt to those who have served. John had two narrow escapes. One involved the jamming of an enemy’s rifle, and the second was with a booby trap. Either one could easily have killed him. John was a Roman Catholic, and it appears he was nominal in his belief. He mentions that he prayed a bunch and recounts going to mass once. Nonetheless, God obviously had His hand on John and saved his physical life. Rita, his girl friend and later wife, was a source of strong encouragement to him both while in Vietnam and after he came home. That illustrates the importance of having loving support, especially for those who undergo the rigors of war or any other traumatizing experience. Personally, I did not go to Vietnam, but it was my era. I was called up for the draft but mercifully passed over for some reason. Friends went, and thankfully returned. Unfortunately, 58,000 plus did not. Read the book and gain some insight into the physical and mental conditions our troops underwent and may your appreciation for them grow as a result.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas Dougall

    Good Father and Daughter book. A new perspective written by the daughter. The 101st went as a unit and the results show. More cohesive till the insane drip feed replacement policy watered down their effectiveness. The Australians did whole unit replacements.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Glenda Stonecipher

    A Good Read I'm writing this under my wife's Amazon membership - I was never in country (I spent my time in the late 60's working on Navy Attack Aircraft in the states). I've known a lot of guys who WERE in Nam and this explains a lot. God Bless you all. A Good Read I'm writing this under my wife's Amazon membership - I was never in country (I spent my time in the late 60's working on Navy Attack Aircraft in the states). I've known a lot of guys who WERE in Nam and this explains a lot. God Bless you all.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wizard

    Worth the read for sure! Daughter and Vietnam era dad have done a remarkable job telling the real story of life during - and after - war in one of the worst places and times to fight on the front lines of that war.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Dial

    Good read Enjoyed the book. Seems to be an honest memory of Vietnam.The debriefing after Vietnam was nonexistent. This was divistating to many.

  10. 4 out of 5

    paul schell

    Excellent book I seriously couldn’t stop reading this book . These guys were not appreciated by a lot of a-holes for the time they gave up fighting for what they felt was right.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nick Vanderwal

    So this is your first book? You do your mother and father proud.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    The Airborne tattoo – boot with wings, a parachute, his name Missouri author John Stillman, a retired operating engineer, shares his experiences and impact of his service with the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War through his conversations with his daughter Lori Stillman, a personal trainer who owns her own fitness business. The father/daughter combination results in this insightful and mesmerizing memoir of John’s recalling his combat days. Though many of us who served in the military in Viet The Airborne tattoo – boot with wings, a parachute, his name Missouri author John Stillman, a retired operating engineer, shares his experiences and impact of his service with the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War through his conversations with his daughter Lori Stillman, a personal trainer who owns her own fitness business. The father/daughter combination results in this insightful and mesmerizing memoir of John’s recalling his combat days. Though many of us who served in the military in Vietnam, especially during the infamous Tet Offensive in 1968 and its aftermath have found ways to contain that brutal experience in poetry, novels, diaries etc, few have been able to bring the totality of that attack and indeed all of the tenor and atmosphere and scars of Vietnam with the intensity and realistic presence John, and Lori, share in this impressive book. Opening with Lori’s first encounter at age five with her father’s war tattoo that opens the floodgates for John to share his commitment – volunteering for active duty to the time in Vietnam to the aftermath and permutations –this collection of memoires and photographs that bring the Vietnam experience to life. The manner in which the book unfolds is at once literary on a fine scale, and very sensitively personal. From childhood preparation to volunteering as Private Stillman in the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles) – or specifically, the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, Bravo Company – and deployment to Biên Hòa, Vietnam in December 1967 – this book shares all. From his arrival in Vietnam and his first exposure to the culture (‘Being in the presence of those innocent souls, I understood why we were there: they needed a better country, and my job was to give it to them.’) through his extended encounters with his military functions (‘Today we got shot at by VC, but they didn’t hit any of us. We went into the village but didn’t find any VC. We went on an ambush on the river tonight and got two VC boats.’) to the documents included in the text (Friendly: 33 WIA 1 KIA, Enemy 0 WIA 25 KIA/100 KIA Captured 2 MG’s 2 AK-47’ etc) – all the facts are clearly stated, as well as the emotional responses, right up to his being transported back home. Personal shared moments are deeply touching – ‘Each morning, I would greet my family and pretend none of this had happened. No one knew I was still fighting a war.’ ‘I was home a long time before I was actually home. Vietnam has never ceased to haunt me every day, to await me every night. I still sometimes wonder if I every truly came home.’ And the book ends with a tribute to fallen comrades and a fine photo album. At last there is a very real memoir about the impact of Vietnam on one man – and in the eyes of all who served there, and those of their supportive families. This is a must read book for all. Very highly recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Aaronson

    The overwhelming feeling I had during—and after—reading this book was how it had genuinely changed my life. I’ve seen some war-related movies, but this book, with its powerful narrative voice and interspersed journal entries from John’s time in Vietnam, truly made me understand the second-to-second risk these men took in those jungles. Whether you believe we should have been involved in that country’s conflict or not, you can’t come away from John’s story without having deep respect for the men The overwhelming feeling I had during—and after—reading this book was how it had genuinely changed my life. I’ve seen some war-related movies, but this book, with its powerful narrative voice and interspersed journal entries from John’s time in Vietnam, truly made me understand the second-to-second risk these men took in those jungles. Whether you believe we should have been involved in that country’s conflict or not, you can’t come away from John’s story without having deep respect for the men who put their lives in constant danger, under stifling conditions, to do what they thought was right at the time. I’ll admit that war-related stories and any kind of gruesome violence isn’t my cup of tea. But although this book is raw in places, those details didn’t make me want to stop reading; in fact, I devoured it in one sitting, unable to tear myself away. The book wasn’t only captivating, but well-rounded too: we got to experience John’s backstory, as well as the aftermath of coming home. I felt so personally connected to him because of that. And to know his daughter was the one who wrote the book through extensive interviews with her dad made the book all the more powerful for me. It had to be incredibly emotional, not to mention time consuming, to draw out all of his recollections fifty years later. Huge kudos to both of them for finding their way through to bless people like me with his candid, compelling story. One of many things that stayed with me was when John lost a close friend and felt he couldn’t show any emotion over it. It breaks my heart to think that men have been so conditioned out of expressing sadness or grief, particularly in the military. And then for him to come home with no one to talk to, no psychological support, nothing. So many events from this story have enhanced my understanding of the Vietnam war experience, and of the mindset of the men who were involved. I will be forever grateful to John and Lori for opening that door for me. This is truly a book not to be missed.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brian Aird

    Vietnam War: A Family's Journey Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir by John Stillman and Lori Stillman is a sobering and engaging read about the conflict in Vietnam and those who served. It takes the reader on the journey of a young boy who, like most young boys, romanticizes about being a soldier and fighting in wars. However, as John Stillman does his patriotic duty, he is soon thrust into war. Soon, the realitiy of being a soldier is not about uniforms and being crisp in presentations. Vietnam War: A Family's Journey Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir by John Stillman and Lori Stillman is a sobering and engaging read about the conflict in Vietnam and those who served. It takes the reader on the journey of a young boy who, like most young boys, romanticizes about being a soldier and fighting in wars. However, as John Stillman does his patriotic duty, he is soon thrust into war. Soon, the realitiy of being a soldier is not about uniforms and being crisp in presentations. It is no more about the spit and polish of being a soldier, but the reality of fighting conditions, the horror of warfare, and the certainty of being transformed and changed forever. Jumping from Helicopters is a real look about warfare and specifically the Vietnam War. It is about uncertainty, witnessing the death of fellow brothers in arms, dealing with the unforgivable climate, coping with reality, wet feet, dry feet, and no feet. This unfolding story of a combat soldier's real-life experience also reveals the effects of war, as seen on the faces of those fighting. This assertion reflected in one passage in the book states, "But the truth was, those guys who looked like they had years on us in Vietnam often only had weeks." The narrative is also about those who return home to confront another war. Lori Stillman is the daughter of Vietnam Veteran John Stillman. This labor of love between the two who have authored this book, one can assume for both father and daughter, is a revealing, a horrifying and yet therapeutical narrative of discovery. Jumping from Helicopters is a well written and compelling story that strips away the exterior trappings of war and reveals to the reader the full scope of warfare and its affects on not only the servicemember, but the family's they return home to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    James Hannum

    This book continues the glorification of the US invasion of Vietnam. US Soldiers were lied to and didn't "serve their country" in the Vietnam War. Vietnam was a small distant country that was no threat to the US. The Gulf of Tonkin was a false flag op by the US Government to allow Pres. Johnson to start the war, based upon the lie that a US Navy ship, the USS Maddox, had been attacked. The National Security Agency (the NSA) is bigger than the CIA. The NSA's report on the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, This book continues the glorification of the US invasion of Vietnam. US Soldiers were lied to and didn't "serve their country" in the Vietnam War. Vietnam was a small distant country that was no threat to the US. The Gulf of Tonkin was a false flag op by the US Government to allow Pres. Johnson to start the war, based upon the lie that a US Navy ship, the USS Maddox, had been attacked. The National Security Agency (the NSA) is bigger than the CIA. The NSA's report on the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, declassified in 2005, concluded that the USS Maddox had "engaged the North Vietnamese Navy on August 2, 1964 by firing fired three rounds to warn off the Communist boats. No other shots were fired by either side. This initial action was never reported by the Johnson administration, which insisted that the Vietnamese boats fired first.” Regarding the all-important second attack on August 4 (two days later) – which effectively caused the Vietnam War – the NSA report concluded there were no North Vietnamese Naval vessels present during the entire incident: “It is not simply that there is a different story as to what happened; it is that no attack happened that night.” https://nuclearrisk.wordpress.com/…/a... The above website gives even more proof, if you need it. The book by Admiral Stockade, etc. The Gulf of Tonkin was one of America's false flag operations to justify an agressive war by claiming the US was attacked. 9/11 was another false flag op. James Hannum Vice-Chairman - Media COMMITTEE FOR AMERICAN WAR TRUTH Washington DC

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carolina Solano

    What was it like for you to fight in the war? That simple question was the beginning of this story. That question and her father's unpredictable answer led Lori Stillman to write a book that recounted her father's experiences in the Vietnam War. John Stillman at age 19 voluntarily decided to enlist in the military. He graduated from jump school. He was proud of it because he was one of the best warriors in the United States. On November 5, 1967, he received the order that his division in Vietnam What was it like for you to fight in the war? That simple question was the beginning of this story. That question and her father's unpredictable answer led Lori Stillman to write a book that recounted her father's experiences in the Vietnam War. John Stillman at age 19 voluntarily decided to enlist in the military. He graduated from jump school. He was proud of it because he was one of the best warriors in the United States. On November 5, 1967, he received the order that his division in Vietnam was required, they were full of expectations and they felt at their best to help win this war. It is a book to read attentive to the meticulous quality of the details that Jhon provides. His biography shows a reality from the point of view of the soldier who thought that war was a heroic act to represent his nation and discovered the miseries, and that Getting home alive was much more difficult than she could have imagined. Writing a journal and keeping in touch with his family was the only thing that could keep Jhon's sanity, but the worst came once the war ended. After having lived through the atrocities of war, he could never be the same again. Telling his daughter this story make John go through moments of horror that were silenced for 50 years. It is a true and moving story. I certainly recommend reading this biography.

  17. 5 out of 5

    CarlitasFox

    A sorrowful and resilience story. I would say that the title of this book caught my attention from the very beginning. It goes without saying that it is a moved and breathtaking story to read. ”Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir” is a distressed war story. To my amaze, the protagonist is the writer´s own father, John Stillman. He was one of the many heroes who fought in this tremendous war and his daughter, Lori is the one who decided to narrate her father´s experiences in it. With John’s A sorrowful and resilience story. I would say that the title of this book caught my attention from the very beginning. It goes without saying that it is a moved and breathtaking story to read. ”Jumping from Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir” is a distressed war story. To my amaze, the protagonist is the writer´s own father, John Stillman. He was one of the many heroes who fought in this tremendous war and his daughter, Lori is the one who decided to narrate her father´s experiences in it. With John’s narration together with some love letters, the reports and the journal it was possible to recreate the memoir. I dare say that it was a harsh and sorrowful experience to remember. After reading this book I felt empathy for those brave people who decided to fight for the country and for the people with that strong conviction for the common good. It is so well-written and developed that the reader experiences a vividly adventure. Even though it is a gloomy topic, it is worth reading it. Lori has made from a memoir, a great story to read and to think. I believe that everyone should read it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Johnson

    This telling of a Vietnam War experience wasn't what I had expected. It didn't focus on the politics or on a great detail of the violence and fear. I was expecting it to get deep into the thoughts of John Stillman, to get his take on his war actions and to learn step-by-step how he got through it all. Instead, Jumping From Helicopters tells the transformation of an American man who sought to be a war hero to one who just wanted to survive his job. That slow transformation of living through unfat This telling of a Vietnam War experience wasn't what I had expected. It didn't focus on the politics or on a great detail of the violence and fear. I was expecting it to get deep into the thoughts of John Stillman, to get his take on his war actions and to learn step-by-step how he got through it all. Instead, Jumping From Helicopters tells the transformation of an American man who sought to be a war hero to one who just wanted to survive his job. That slow transformation of living through unfathomable fears and killing for work and then returning home to live as a normal man comes alive, not in Hollywood-type details, but in his own acceptance of doing his job to the best of his abilities. He was a proud American fighting "the good fight", and politics had no play in his telling. That he didn't fully understand the difficulties he would have after returning home, gives a glimpse into Stillman's difficulties with not getting the debriefing or counseling to enter normal life that he and many others should have. Mostly on his own, he became a successful citizen, husband and father, even though parts of him never fully left the fear and violence of the war.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    My grandfather served in Vietnam, and I have had a fascination with the era ever since. The author, Lori Stillman has a similar fascination, I think, although the prompt for her is her father who is also the main character in this book. Following John Stillman after he volunteered to join the Army in 1967, the book captures the soaring highs and horrid lows of the Vietnam war from the perspective of a Paratrooper who gets sent into the midst of things. But the book doesn’t stop in Vietnam, the a My grandfather served in Vietnam, and I have had a fascination with the era ever since. The author, Lori Stillman has a similar fascination, I think, although the prompt for her is her father who is also the main character in this book. Following John Stillman after he volunteered to join the Army in 1967, the book captures the soaring highs and horrid lows of the Vietnam war from the perspective of a Paratrooper who gets sent into the midst of things. But the book doesn’t stop in Vietnam, the author also takes us though her fathers’ memories of uncertain and hard times after the soldiers return home to a country that is not grateful and at times even hostile to them. Poignant and moving, this memoir is an eye-opening tale of grit, horror, violence, but also bravery, compassion and perseverance of the human spirit. I think this is a great portrayal of the times and captures the zeitgeist with aplomb. I’m grateful to the author and her father, as my grandfather never spoke of the time he was in Vietnam.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mia C.

    ”Jumping From Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir” is a book written by John Stillman and his daughter, Lori Stillman. The narration is set back in 1967 when the Vietnam war took place. This book is a retelling of true events which is the main aspect why I choose this one. Reading what happened is certainly moving, as it is narrated very vividly that the reader feels as part of the story. All of John’s memories are told with accuracy and raw details. We can grasp why people who came back are reluctant ”Jumping From Helicopters: A Vietnam Memoir” is a book written by John Stillman and his daughter, Lori Stillman. The narration is set back in 1967 when the Vietnam war took place. This book is a retelling of true events which is the main aspect why I choose this one. Reading what happened is certainly moving, as it is narrated very vividly that the reader feels as part of the story. All of John’s memories are told with accuracy and raw details. We can grasp why people who came back are reluctant to speak about it. Reading this opened my mind widely. It is certainly a great read for those, like me, who want to know the true side of things. I will certainly recommend reading this book because it was a very good read. For this reason, I am giving Jumping from helicopters four out of five stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pegboard

    Lori Stillman teams up with her father, John Stillman, to record his memoirs of Vietnam in Jumping from Helicopters. With her desire to write a book, Lori also gives her father an outlet to tell his tale. By revealing his experience John is able to open wounds and allow them to heal and bond closer to his family. How do you review and rate a book about someone's experience in a horrific war? Jumping from Helicopters is written in short chapters as John Stillman recalls to Lori specific events in Lori Stillman teams up with her father, John Stillman, to record his memoirs of Vietnam in Jumping from Helicopters. With her desire to write a book, Lori also gives her father an outlet to tell his tale. By revealing his experience John is able to open wounds and allow them to heal and bond closer to his family. How do you review and rate a book about someone's experience in a horrific war? Jumping from Helicopters is written in short chapters as John Stillman recalls to Lori specific events in his time serving overseas. This book made me cry for a man that was brave to face danger though he was terrified himself. Thank you for your service to our country and to stand up for an oppressed people. You also gave honor to memories of those whom are unable to tell their story and could have easily been forgotten.

  22. 4 out of 5

    jim burt

    Having served as a combat infantryman with the first Air Cavalry in 1969, I have my own experiences that tend to guide my thinking. This particular book, one of over 150 I have read over the last fifty years, confused me. I tend to be drawn to the detailed combat descriptions as supplied by Mark Bowden, Philip Caputo, and Philip Keith whose descriptive narations put you in the middle of the battle and help you understand the confusion, irony, and terror of it. Jumping from Helicopters seamed to Having served as a combat infantryman with the first Air Cavalry in 1969, I have my own experiences that tend to guide my thinking. This particular book, one of over 150 I have read over the last fifty years, confused me. I tend to be drawn to the detailed combat descriptions as supplied by Mark Bowden, Philip Caputo, and Philip Keith whose descriptive narations put you in the middle of the battle and help you understand the confusion, irony, and terror of it. Jumping from Helicopters seamed to float over and around the conflict but never address it's specifics. The blood, death, and consequences of war affect everyone differently, but facing the reality of it and accepting it as a needless tragedy over which you had no control, can help put the dark days behind you.

  23. 5 out of 5

    a.t.m.

    Vietnam war veteran tells his story What a wonderful project, for a daughter to encourage her father to confront his demons by putting his experiences in printed form. Courage, all around, just like all who served and saw war first hand for what it was. Going without sleep, good water, or food, yet, continuing to fight the good fight. The book in and of itself serves to immortalize all those mentioned, those whose names have been listed, and the proud units that served gallantly in Vietnam. I hi Vietnam war veteran tells his story What a wonderful project, for a daughter to encourage her father to confront his demons by putting his experiences in printed form. Courage, all around, just like all who served and saw war first hand for what it was. Going without sleep, good water, or food, yet, continuing to fight the good fight. The book in and of itself serves to immortalize all those mentioned, those whose names have been listed, and the proud units that served gallantly in Vietnam. I highly recommend this book, welcome home soldier.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Craig Bergland

    Fantastic I was too young to go to Vietnam, but certainly remember people talking about it and the counts of dead and wounded n the nightly news. It remains an enigma to me. Has there ever been a war as complicated as Vietnam? If you consider the culture of the time, the politics, and the outright lying from every direction, I'm not sure how you sort it out - but this book is a good start. Well written and heartfelt, it is a window into what war really is and how hard coming home can be. Highly r Fantastic I was too young to go to Vietnam, but certainly remember people talking about it and the counts of dead and wounded n the nightly news. It remains an enigma to me. Has there ever been a war as complicated as Vietnam? If you consider the culture of the time, the politics, and the outright lying from every direction, I'm not sure how you sort it out - but this book is a good start. Well written and heartfelt, it is a window into what war really is and how hard coming home can be. Highly recommended!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Henry Petruskewic

    Great book, made me feel like I was with John during his time in Vietnam. The book was very realistic and reflected the feelings of most of the GI's that fought in Vietnam. Lori did a super job with her interviews and brought forth many factors to make John's memories of event's more accurate. Great book, made me feel like I was with John during his time in Vietnam. The book was very realistic and reflected the feelings of most of the GI's that fought in Vietnam. Lori did a super job with her interviews and brought forth many factors to make John's memories of event's more accurate.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donald N Cameron

    I think that this should be required reading for all of the folks that derided all of us returning veterans. It was over 40 years after my return that I received the first "thank you for your service". too few understand what it was like for all of those "in the boonies". God bless Johnny for having the courage to seek, and get, help. May we never have a war run by politicians again. I think that this should be required reading for all of the folks that derided all of us returning veterans. It was over 40 years after my return that I received the first "thank you for your service". too few understand what it was like for all of those "in the boonies". God bless Johnny for having the courage to seek, and get, help. May we never have a war run by politicians again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julio Fernandes

    J fernandes Straightforward, fast-forward account from a GI in Vietnam. No emotions whatsoever, just plain situational description of events, some of which could even be classified as war crimes: « we killed the steonger VC prisoner to get the other one talking ».

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lenny Herman

    Not a bad book, I'd rate it three and a half stars. There was much missing from the book, the authors feeling about the anti-war movement and the politics of the time not really covered. The positive things about the book Mr. Stillman will survive and to do his duty. Not a bad book, I'd rate it three and a half stars. There was much missing from the book, the authors feeling about the anti-war movement and the politics of the time not really covered. The positive things about the book Mr. Stillman will survive and to do his duty.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David Duckworth

    Candid I have read quite a few veterans accounts of their experiences of Vietnam but this is the first that details so much of the ‘after life’. This connected me the reader with the author and witness - thank you.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis York

    Damn! Stillman tells her father’s story in a way that wakes you up in cold sweats days later. This is a powerful book!

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